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Forts of Goree Island

Island Located on a quiet and sheltered bay, the Gorée Island was discovered in 1444 by Denis Dias, a Portuguese sailor and explorer of Africa's west coast as well as the discoverer of Cap-Vert. Over some decades, the suitable localisation of this island was also valued by another Portuguese sailor, Diogo Gomes, who established beneficial relations with the chief of a nearby tribe. Soon, the indigenous people (Lebou) were significantly pushed back by the Portuguese who made an intermediate place for merchant ships there: they got water, built houses for a temporary stay on land and buried dead sailors.

History of the forts on the Gorée Island

Located on a quiet and sheltered bay, the Gorée Island was discovered in 1444 by Denis Dias, a Portuguese sailor and explorer of Africa's west coast as well as the discoverer of Cap-Vert. Over some decades, the suitable localisation of this island was also valued by another Portuguese sailor, Diogo Gomes, who established beneficial relations with the chief of a nearby tribe. Soon, the indigenous people (Lebou) were significantly pushed back by the Portuguese who made an intermediate place for merchant ships there: they got water, built houses for a temporary stay on land and buried dead sailors. (more)

What can you see there?

Apart from the forts, several buildings with the architecture from the colonial era also remained on the island, including the infamous House of Slaves constructed in the 1790s. White slavers lived in this house in spacious rooms on the upper floor, while on a lower floor there were special cells where African slaves waited in inhuman conditions for being transported to the New World. Here, fates were decided and families were separated since husbands, wives and their children were often bought by different buyers who transported their new slaves not only to different towns but also to different countries. In the centre of this house, between a pair of stairs, a small door remained, which was called the «door behind which there is no return» because it led the slaves bought to ships.

<p style="\&quot;text-align:" justify;\"="">Another famous tourist attraction on the Gorée Island is the Maritime Museum located in a historic villa of the West India Company. A rich collection of this museum shows several hundreds of fish and molluscs of various types to public. The flora enthusiasts will also find something interesting for them such as an old botanic garden at du Port Rhu, which was destroyed by the French in the golden era of Louis XIV.